Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£620 per 20 credits* (2019/20)

International fee

£14,250 for the full programme (2019/20)

Course level




Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

If you have already completed an undergraduate course in an education and childhood related subject, or are currently working in the field, this course is a natural next step. It leads to a highly regarded masters qualification which is invaluable for any professional intending to work with children and young people aged 0-19.

Our MA Childhood applies a range of disciplines and narratives from psychology, anthropology, law, sociology, history, health and education to investigate childhood from historical and contemporary perspectives.

By focusing on the contested nature of childhood, you will explore how our childhood is shaped by factors such as social, cultural, political and economic conditions.

You will critically consider children’s agency and their positions in relation to power, policy, practice and provision. Scrutinising research from across the world, you will also deepen your appreciation of the differences in experiences of childhood globally.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Our learning and teaching strategies are appropriate for masters level study. You will learn through lectures, seminars, and group and individual tutorials as appropriate. By engaging with contemporary research and historical data, you will investigate children’s experiences of childhood across the world, both in the present day and in the past.

You will also consider the nature of research and how it is produced, covering different methodologies and perspectives. This will develop your confidence as a practitioner and enable you to hone a range of academic, writing, communication and interpersonal skills. We pay particular attention to the use of academic literature, such as research publications, to support your academic development, writing and reading at masters level.

How you're assessed

Assessment methods will be varied and could include such activities as written academic essays, oral and visual presentations, report writing and the production of a research report in the form of a thesis on a chosen aspect of childhood.

Entry requirements

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)


£620 per 20 credits*

£620 per 20 credits*


£14,250 for the full programme


*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional costs and optional extras

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International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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How to apply


Our MA Childhood will prepare you for successful careers in a broad range of settings related to children’s services and the health, education, training, social care, guidance, protection and wellbeing needs of children and young people aged up to 19.

It could pave the way to opportunities across the private, voluntary, independent and maintained sectors in roles such as:

You may consider progressing into youth and community development, mental health and wellbeing, child and family social care, and community arts development. After undertaking further professional training, you could also choose to embark on a career in teaching, children’s nursing, health visiting or school nursing.

Programme leader

Ellen Yates

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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